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Special Weather Statement for Watauga County, NC, Ashe County, NC at 1219 pm EDT, Aug 6th 2022

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Last Updated on August 6, 2022 12:35 pm

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Including the cities of West Jefferson, Sparta, Boone, Tazewell,
Marion, Bland, Pearisburg, Wytheville, Radford, Pulaski,
Blacksburg, Independence, Whitetop, Troutdale, Volney, Galax,
Floyd, New Castle, Clifton Forge, Covington, Hot Springs,
Roanoke, Salem, Fincastle, Lexington, Buena Vista, Bluefield,
Flat Top, Hinton, Hix, Union, Lewisburg, White Sulphur Springs,
Alderson, Quinwood, Duo, and Rainelle
1219 PM EDT Sat Aug 6 2022

…Expect Showers and Thunderstorms With Torrential Downpours This
Afternoon…

At 1215 PM EDT, scattered showers and thunderstorms were developing across the higher terrain, mainly west of the Blue Ridge. The shower coverage is expected to increase, with numerous showers and thunderstorms anticipated by mid afternoon. Steering winds aloft are weak, so expect slow moving thunderstorms. This will result in prolonged periods of rain for some areas. The atmosphere is also very moist, so storms will be rain efficient, with the potential for up to 3 inch an hour rainfall rates. This may result in localized excessive rainfall and potential for isolated flash flooding. In addition, the strongest storms are expected to contain frequent lightning.

For your safety, please monitor area streams and creeks and be on the lookout for any flooding. If you are driving and encounter these storms, expect a rapid drop in visibility and ponding of water on the highway. Lightning is also a hazard, so if a thunderstorm occurs, please move indoors, or into a vehicle, to limit the threat of being struck by lightning. Remember, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to get struck by the lightning, even though it may not be raining.

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